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05/14/2010 - 11:09pm
Gagne: 'Nervous' Bruins gave Flyers life

Simon Gagne, the hero of Game 7 and of the series for the Flyers, said after Philadelphia's 4-3 win in Game 7 that nerves may have played a role in the too many men on the ice penalty that led to the series-deciding goal.

 

“We expected them to come very hard and they did," Gagne said of Boston's 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes of the game. "Our mistake was maybe taking bad penalties early on, two goals on the power play. It’s not the start you want. After that third goal, we had a timeout and said, ‘Let’s just play one goal at a time and focus on scoring the first goal.’

 

“After that we were sure they would start questioning themselves a little bit and then we went for the second one and then were able to tie the game. I’m sure at that point they started to get...

05/14/2010 - 11:09pm
Cameron homers in rehab game

Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer and added a single in four at-bats, improving to 4-for-12 in his rehab assignment. Cameron also struck out a pair of times, and added an outfield assist.

 

Playing in the fourth game of his Triple-A rehab assignment, the 37-year-old played left field in order to give his legs something of a rest. He had an outfield assist. Cameron appears likely to return to the Red Sox early next week. When he does, manager Terry Francona told reporters, the Sox will let him play left field on days when he feels he needs a break, but otherwise the team would like to have him to play center.


05/14/2010 - 10:41pm
Sobotka on penalty: 'I heard my name'

The too-many-men penalty that the Bruins took at 11:10 of the third period occurred when center Marc Savard had signaled for a change with his stick up heading toward the bench and then passed the bench to continue on the back-check. Center Vladimir Sobotka jumped on the ice and took a few steps before circling around and coming back to the bench, but at that point the referees had called the penalty. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers on the power play 1:42 later for the series-deciding goal.

 

"I don't really know. I knew that [Marc Savard] was changing and I heard my name and I jumped on the ice and we had six guys on the ice," Sobotka said. "I thought he was going for a change but I didn't see that he was on the back-check. ... I just heard my name. I don't want to talk about it."

 

For more on Game 7, visit the Big Bad Blog.


05/14/2010 - 10:07pm
Ortiz, Sox smash Tigers

The Red Sox slammed four home runs on Friday, including a pair by designated hitter David Ortiz, en route to a 7-2 victory over the Tigers.

 

The Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead they would never relinquish in the top of the first inning, with Dustin Pedroia putting his team on the board with a two-run bomb (his eighth of the year), and Ortiz adding a three-run moonshot against starter Max Scherzer. Ortiz later tacked on a solo shot, and now has six homers this season, while Bill Hall went deep in the ninth for his second homer of 2010.

 

That support proved ample for Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Though the right-hander struggled at times with his command, walking five and striking out three in 6.1 innings of work, he allowed just three hits and one run. He is now 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA.

 

 


05/14/2010 - 9:32pm
Too many men again: Flyers finish comeback

Simon Gagne scored a power play goal with 7:08 remaining in the third period and the Flyers erased a 3-0 first period deficit and rallied to shock the Bruins, 4-3, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. The goal came while the Bruins were trying to kill a penalty for too many men on the ice. And like in 1979 against Montreal, the goal came in the third period of Game 7 and helped eliminate the Bruins from the playoffs. 

 

The Bruins become the first team in major North American sports to blow a 3-0 series lead since the 2004 New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series while the Flyers join the '04 Red Sox, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to overcome a 3-0 hole.

 

The Bruins came out blazing and roared to a 3-0 lead and were just a crossbar and a post away from two more scores in the first period. Milan Lucic scored on the power play and then even...

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